Monday, October 03, 2011

the choice {to be thankful}

since i wrote this post, i've really sought to be thankful each day.
to especially notice little things, and verbalize gratitude to the lord.
even in the midst of trials.
this month, i will be saying these thanks "out loud" on the blog.

one not so small thing recently that i'm grateful for,
was meeting some blog friends.
in real life.
i got to hug jess. i also got to steal this photo from her.
meeting her and so many other women that "get" me was truly a gift.

blogger friends becoming real life friends is amazing.
also fun? real life friends becoming blogging friends.
yep. my darling friend marie began blogging a few months ago.
i am thrilled about this. mainly because we live super far away from each other now.
i'm thankful for her, and her sharing her heart on her little corner of the internet.
she loves jesus and shines him brightly.
she's generous, creative, witty and cute as a bug.
i'm joining marie for a sweet little challenge.
to be thankful each day this month. on purpose. and write it out.
you should totally take part in the choice challenge with us! it'll bless your soul.
praise jesus.

today, i'm thankful for:
the encouraging blogging community
delicious cake batter pancakes we enjoyed for dinner
elijah's laugh

"enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise.
give thanks to him and praise his name."
psalm 100:4nlt


  1. Thank you for this post (and the older one you referenced). What a great reminder that we all should give thanks in all circumstances.

  2. Love this post. How great that you did get to meet some fellow bloggers in real life. What a blessing!

  3. love you, friend! SO thankful for you, too. miss you so much. xxoo

  4. Your gratitude makes my heart smile. Great post, I am thankful for it!

  5. New follower from Soleil Selene..loved this post! I try so hard to be grateful for what He gives us...especially the little things. Sometimes those are the things that can carry you through :)

  6. love this. i need the reminder!

    "give thanks in all circumstances."

  7. I love this idea, and I'm going to make a point this week to let my kids hear me say why I'm thankful and what I'm thankful for.

  8. Thankfulness is totally where its at this month. Thankful for you my friend!

  9. What a beautiful post. Thank you so much for these encouraging words!

  10. okay so thankful.

    thank for for bloggy friends made real friends like you.
    real friends made bloggy friends like jess.

    bloggy friends made real friends with real friends who are made bloggy friends like marie (follow that one?)

    excited to see where this series go.

    and you and jess are so pritts in that pic. :)

  11. Thank you for a much needed reminder!

  12. yeah, for saying thanks out loud. a lot.

  13. I am thankful for your amazing ability to encourage others!

  14. I love this idea and I love this post. I'm thankful that you blog and I get to read your wonderful words.

  15. I love this post, Hannah! And your grateful heart :)

  16. i love this.

    on pinterest there was a word board that says gratitude turns what we have into enough. amen!

    be thankful, in everything. i think taking the attitude of thanksgiving will lead to a heart change. gratitude = joy

  17. i am thankful for you too!

    it changes everything to be deliberate about giving thanks in a concrete way--like writing! thanks for joining me:)

  18. i love it! you are such a blessing to me in this blogging community. love you friend :)

  19. Today I'm thankful for you, Friend! Love that you remind us that it really is a choice. Heather:)

  20. I am thankful that Jesus loves me unconditionally everyday! Hooray!

  21. yay for blogging friends...i'm excited to read more that your thankful for!

  22. Great reminder to be thankful on purpose. It's amazing that we even have to do that...but such is life as a human being, I guess. Short memories! I'm thankful for people who remind me to be thankful! ;)

  23. Your blog makes me happy Hannah! I usually read all the blogs I follow through Google Reader...but yours is one that I actually "go to" because I just love it! Thanks for the encouragement and the scripture you post!!

  24. Amen! We can never be thankful enough.

  25. that is a great thing to be thankful for :) you look so happy, pretty and thankful in that picture!

  26. i love this. whenever i'm being bratty {yes, it's true, even at age 29!} my husband makes me say ten things i'm thankful for out loud. it's so convicting and always changes my attitude asap!

  27. I love this post! I just made a fall banner for our living room that says, "Give Thanks." I am trying to focus on that here as well. And we have that Psalm hanging in our school room :)

  28. hannah, i love your heart. i love this idea. stepping away from the blinders we have on and really looking, without hindrance, at God's grace and how he has blessed us. intentional gratitude. love this. you are a blessing.